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Okinawa Governor to make speech at UN as step to stop human rights violations

Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will make speech at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland on September 21 and 22.

It will be the first time a prefectural governor from Japan has taken the stage. The speech is an opportunity for the governor to reveal the crises in Okinawa, where locals’ human rights have been violated by the presence of the U.S. military bases, and oppressive treatment by the Japanese and U.S. governments.

Okinawan people continue to suffer social...


Editorial:While in the U.S. Gov. Onaga must show grit to block new base

May 25, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

It has been necessary for Governors of Okinawa on a frequent basis to visit the United States. There are no other prefectures in this country enduring such hardships as are imposed on ours. Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga will travel to the United States today.


Editorial:Okinawa urges Obama and Abe to halt Henoko ‘injustice’

April 28, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is slated to meet President Barack Obama today, April 28, in Washington DC. They are expected to discuss the new U.S. base in Henoko, Nago. We see action on that project being pushed forward in Okinawa by the Japanese and U.S. governments...

[Editorial]US Marine Corps officials’ insulting remarks: It is time to leave

February 14, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

U.S. Marine Corps officials have frequently made insulting remarks against Okinawan people opposing U.S. base construction. Their remarks are not just personal opinions, but reflect an entrenched attitude. We cannot help but say prejudice is deeply ingrained...

[Editorial]Abe administration must meet anti-U.S base governor Onaga

January 8, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

We think the administration led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe does not understand the implications of candidates backed by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) being defeated in the Okinawa gubernatorial election and in the Lower House election , in which the...

[Editorial]All four candidates opposing construction of a new base win the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election: declaration of intent against unreasonable U.S. base-hosting burden

December 16, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Four candidates opposing construction of a new base have won the Okinawan seats in the House of Representatives election, in yet another clear statement of Okinawan people’s will. The winners are from the bipartisan forces that secured Takeshi Onaga’s...

[Editorial]New Okinawan governor: stop the construction of new U.S.military base

November 17, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

Takeshi Onaga’s win in the Okinawa gubernatorial election has once again solidly demonstrated Okinawan people’s will against the construction of new U.S. base. The former Mayor of Naha Takeshi Onaga, 64, has re-stated his promise to oppose the plan...

[Editorial] Japanese coast guard officers should not use brute force against Henoko protesters

September 12, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

A Japanese coast guard officer has intimidated a man by pressing his hand against the man’s throat. Another twisted a woman’s arm.

Such acts of violence are taking place on a daily basis, on the sea surrounding Henoko in Nago .

We definitely...

[Editorial]Shimakutuba lesson is essential to the development of Okinawa Culture

September 3, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Shimakutuba Liaison Council has made a petition to the Okinawa Prefectural Assembly seeking to enact a regulation on the protection of local languages. The liaison council wants to restore and inherit rights to protect Shimakutuba or Ryukyuan languages. The...

[Editorial] Abe administration signals future reign of terror in Henoko

August 18, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The government is controlling the residents by force in Henoko, Nago. As far as we know, the government has never unleashed such reckless disregard of the will of the people, as we have seen at Henoko. The Ministry of Defense installed salvage barges in the sea...

[Editorial]10th anniversary of US chopper crash onto Okinawa International University: Marine Corps should be withdrawn from Okinawa

August 13, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

August 13 marked 10 years since a U.S. Marine CH-53D helicopter crashed into a building at Okinawa International University in Ginowan City. Currently, 24 MV-22 Osprey aircraft are stationed at U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma near the university. MV-22 vertical...